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Bruno Paillard "Première Cuvée" Extra Brut Champagne 375ml

SKU #1416633 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This bottle of Paillard's NV Extra Brut Première Cuvée was disgorged in May 2018, and it's showing well, unfurling in the glass with aromas of lemon oil, ripe apple, brioche and dried white flowers. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with an elegant but broad-shouldered profile, displaying good concentration at the core, a fine mousse and brisk balancing acids, concluding with an elegantly chalky finish. Based on the 2014 vintage, this is a classy, incisive wine that will reward bottle age. (WK) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Representing 50% of production, the Première Cuvée is Bruno Paillard's bread and butter. It's made from first-press juice, 20% of which is barrel-fermented. Up to half of the blend is made up of reserve wines dating back to 1985, yet this Champagne is amazingly fresh. It has a steely lemon nose with floral hints, and the palate has a slightly woody structure with vanilla notes, filled out with apple and bright citrus flavours. Limey acidity and a saline aspect appear on the mid-palate, leading to a long, mouthwatering finish. (JB) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has a super fresh, attractive nose with brioche, lemons, toasty autolysis and peaches. The palate is soft, smooth and bright, the acidity delivering a fresh edge to the sweet lemons, peaches and pineapple. Inner quote mark (7/2018)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The NV Extra Brut Premiere Cuvée is bright, precise and beautifully focused. In other words, a classic Bruno Paillard Champagne. Lemon confit, white flowers, tangerine peel, chamomile and dried flowers all grace this taut, super-expressive NV Champagne. Medium in body and airy, with terrific depth the Premiere Cuvée is classy and inviting. Time in the glass brings out the breadth and textural richness of the red grapes in the blend. It will drink beautifully as an aperitif or with lighter foods at the dinner table. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A blend from 30 vineyards, the nonvintage cuvée from this producer is well balanced. It shows the dryness of Champagnes from this house while also offering a streak of minerality and intense apple and citrus flavors. This wine is ready to drink. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

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